2018 Competition Structure Released
Following on from the announcement of the new single governance model for AFL in the region, the 2018 competition structure for the Black Diamond competitions have been released.
The competition will include two senior men's competitions, a women's competitions and a new social competition, whilst a point system will also be introduced into the Black Diamond Cup competition for the first time.
In all 41 teams will compete across the men's and women's competitions, with nominations still to be called for for the social competitions (over 30-35 years of age).
As previously advised the Black Diamond Cup competition will consist of 11 teams, an increase of 5 from 2017 and as such a Community Club Sustainability Program (CCSP i.e. points system) will be introduced to assist in the competitive balance of the competition.
The details of the CCSP are almost finalised however is expected to include a “Team Points Cap” which clubs will need to adhere to for each Black Diamond Cup match. In addition to this there will be a “ Home Player” component whereby clubs will be required to play a minimum number of “Home Players” in each Black Diamond Cup match.
BDAFL Board Member, Kevin Greaves has been working with AFL NSW/ACT on developing the CCSP and is happy with how it is shaping up.
"An effective CCSP is important for the competitive balance of the Black Diamond Cup competition, especially with the new clubs joining the competition" Greaves said.
"Whilst finding the right model is not easy, however we are happy with how it is progressing and certainly believe it will have an effect, especially in the spread of new players across all the clubs" he added.
The women's competition continues to grow with new teams entered from existing clubs Terrigal Avoca and The Entrance Bateau Bay whilst teams from new clubs Wallsend-West Newcastle and Port Stephens have been accepted for the first time.
Newcastle City have been granted permission to field two women's teams under their own banner, with an internal draft to be held to spread the talent amongst both teams following the Blues domination of the 2017 Women's competition.
Overall 16 women's teams will compete in the one competition in 2018.
The competition will commence on Saturday, 7 April 2018 with all Grand Finals to be held on 1 September 2018. The Home and Away season will run for 18 weeks which all teams playing 16 matches and having two byes with the finals consisting of a top 7 being run over three weeks.
Full competition structure:
|Black Diamond Cup||Black Diamond Women's||Black Diamond Plate|
|Killarney Vale||Killarney Vale||Killarney Vale|
|Lake Macquarie||Lake Macquarie||Lake Macquarie|
|Newcastle City||Nelson Bay||Nelson Bay|
|Singleton||Newcastle City - Navy||Newcastle City - Navy|
|Terrigal Avoca||Newcastle City - White||Singleton|
|Warners Bay||Port Stephens||Terrigal Avoca|
|Wyong Lakes||Singleton||The Entrance Bateau Bay|
|Terrigal Avoca||Wallsend-West Newcastle **|
|The Entrance Bateau Bay||Warners Bay|
|Wallsend-West Newcastle||Wyong Lakes|
** AFL NSW/ACT have established a working group in an attempt to establish a men's side for Wallsend-West Newcastle for 2018 and if succesful will play in the Black Diamond Plate competition.